Learn about Imari and Arita Porcelain

One of the most popular and collected of the Japanese porcelains is Imari. Imari is in fact a European name for export porcelain produced in the town of Arita in the Hizen province of Japan. It was shipped through the nearby port of Imari from the second half of the 17th century and the first half of the 18th century. Pre-export period Imari is called Shoki-Imari.

There are two distinct styles of Arita or Imari porcelain.

Firstly there is the rare and highly sought after Kakiemon porcelain. It is sparsely decorated predominantly in coral red on a very fine white glaze. Highlight colours include yellow, green and aubergine Kakiemon wares are of a consistently high standard and command very high prices

In contrast, the more commonly found Imari in the west is called brocaded Imari or Kinrande Imari, and is usually richly decorated with flowers, foliage and figures. These pieces have an overall floral decoration reminiscent of a rich silk textile, and typical colours are underglaze cobalt blue and iron red, which is highlighted with colours such as gold, green, aubergine and yellow. more...

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A pair of Japanese Arita porcelain fish sauce boats, both with blue underglaze painted decoration. Length 13 cm.

Large Japanese Imari charger, reign mark to base, 56.5 cm diameter

Antique Japanese Imari vase converted to lamp, with French mounts, 30 cm high

A Japanese Imari bottle vase with cover, Meiji period, late 19th century, the vase with prunus blossom branches and flowers to the body below a scalloped collar with alternate blue and iron red panels, floral decoration to the neck, with a flat topped cove

Japanese Arita porcelain food (rice) bowl, with Fuki Choshun mark to base, 15.5 cm diameter , 4.9 cm high

A pair of large Japanese Imari plates, Meiji period, the design of painted & shaped cartouche and a circular centre with a fenced garden, diameter 30 cm

A pair of Japanese Arita dishes, late 18th century, each with landscape scene and geometric border, well potted on straight foot with shaped rim, diameter 15 cm

A Japanese Arita dish, late 17th century, underglaze blue floral scene to interior, continuous sweet pea design to exterior, six character underglaze blue mark and ring to base, finely potted with gadrooned rim, 21 cm diameter

A Japanese Arita Shoki Imari plate, early 17th century, finely painted in underglaze blue with curved foot and broad shallow rim, diameter 28.5 cm diameter. Kintsugi gold repair to rim chip

A large Japanese Imari charger, Meiji period, finely painted with central vase surrounded by phoenix, 52 cm diameter

A Japanese Arita blue and white dish, Meiji period, painted and moulded with stylised lotus sides, the centre with auspicious symbols, diameter 20 cm

A large Japanese Arita blue and white bowl, Meiji period, painted to the centre with a peony spray, the rim with alternating scrolling lotus and blue wavy bands, diameter 33 cm

A large Japanese Imari dish, Meiji period, decorated with panels of phoenix and long tailed birds on blossoming sprays, impressed mark to the base, diameter 30 cm

A large Japanese Arita blue and white dish, 19th century, painted in Kraak style with a Shishi lion and cub to the centre, surrounded by panels of insects and flowers, diameter 30 cm

A large Japanese Arita blue and white dish, 19th century, decorated in Kraak style with long tailed birds amongst peony, surrounded by panels with other flowers and auspicious symbols, diameter 31 cm

A large Japanese Arita blue and white dish, Edo period, decorated in Kraak style, the centre with pomegranate and peony sprays issuing from a vase, the rim with alternating panels of peony, pomegranate, kiku and other flowers, diameter 42 cm

A large Japanese Arita blue and white dish, Edo period, decorated in Kraak style with pomegranate and finger citron branches to the centre surrounded by panels of peonies and auspicious symbols, diameter 42 cm

Large Japanese Imari vase, as inspected, 36 cm high approx.

A large Japanese Imari charger, Meiji period (1868-1912), with under-glaze blue and over glaze enamel with gilt decoration, 46.5 cm diameter

Large Imari charger circular painted in traditional manner, underglaze blue, overglaze iron red, four character marks to base, 47 cm diameter (rim hairline crack)

A large Japanese Imari porcelain vase, tapering cylindrical shape with short trumpet mouth, decorated in iron red, underglaze blue and gilt with cranes in flight amongst a profusion of scattered diaper patterns and various stylised flower-head motifs. Heig

A large impressive 19th century Japanese Imari lidded urn, the ovoid body with three panels of various relief decoration of flowers, butterfly, dragon, tiger and figures, the complex ground pattern of various blue, red and green tones with gilt highlights,

A Japanese Imari 19th century vase of baluster form with orange and blue decoration with Dog of FO handles. 37 cm high

Three Japanese porcelain plates, [3], a pair of Arita-Ware plates finely painted with flying cranes & geometric designs in red, white, black & blue, Meiji period, a blue & white Imari plate. Provenance: Todd Barlin collection. 19.5 cm, 19.5 cm,

A Japanese antique Imari plate, Meiji period, late 19th to early 20th century, the plate in underglaze steel blue with freely executed enamel decoration of fruits and flora in iron red, orange, green and pale aubergine colours to compartments, with pattern

A Japanese Imari charger, decorated to the centre with a floral design and framed by panels of fenced gardens and quatrefoil panels decorated with stylised lotus flowers. Diameter 39.5 cm

A pair of Kakiemon-style Arita blue and white dishes, early Edo, circa 1680. Each foliate-rimmed designed with two figures in a boat and a distant pagoda, bordered by a finely moulded section of breaking waves, iron-dressed rims, 22 cm & 21.8 cm diameters.

A rare pair of octagonal Kakiemon-style Arita bowls, early Edo, 17-18 th century. Each panel decorated with a floral design in enamels, iron-red and cobalt blue, iron-brown rims, 'fuku' seal marks to base, 7 cm x 10 cm (variable). Provenance: R 

A very rare miniature pair of octagonal Kakiemon-style Arita bowls, early Edo, 17-18 th century. Each one with floral motifs in very delicate enamels and gilt, a stylised band around the inner rim in kossu blue enamel and iron-red, 4.7 cm x 7.3 cm (variabl

An unusual pair of narrow-waisted Imari vases, Meiji period, 19 th century. Each one with various shaped panels in underglaze blue, enamels and gilt, 39.5 cm x 14 cm

A rare Japanese Imari deep plate, early Edo, 18th century, with two ladies under a flowering tree, the cavetto and exterior with floral motifs, all in gilt, enamels and underglaze blue, 30.8 cm diameter. Provenance: R & V Tregaskis, 1980’s

A rare Japanese Arita tea caddy (Chaire) and cover, Edo period (1603-1868), the quatrefoil jar freely painted in cobalt blue, green enamel and iron-red, the opposing sides with geometric striped bands, the other two each with a landscape, one with a cricke

A pair of very fine quality Imari and gilt bottle vases with French silver mounts, Japanese, Meiji period. 16.5 cm

A Japanese Imari porcelain and silver mounted jug with European hinged mounts, 18th century. 18 cm